Baseball Toaster Bad Altitude
And Here in Denver We Get It for Free
2006-10-02 23:36
by Mark T.R. Donohue

Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas is going out of his way to create high altitude conditions in his home, in perhaps the most elaborate wacky training measure of which I've ever heard. The Associated Press quotes Arenas, who does wear the number zero so this ought not to come as a complete surprise, as saying that he hopes living in thin air whenever possible will give him an advantage late in games over his normal air-breathing opponents. "I had to put a tent in one room, and then they are going to come during training camp and fix the whole house," says Gilbert. "Then I have a portable tent I'm taking on the road."

Later on in the same story Wizards coach Eddie Jordan is said to have avoided speaking to Arenas much this offseason because "he could only stand so much Gilbertology." One can only imagine what Jordan might have meant. There is no word as to whether Arenas believes that sleeping in a pressurized tent gives him any sort of sexual powers. I think however that it is safe to assume that he does.

On the subject of the NBA, I recently wrote a series of offseason review pieces for the new site I've never really written much about basketball but I figured if someone was going to be foolish enough to give me the opening I might as well take it. So here they are, by division: Atlantic, Central and Southeast, Northwest and Pacific, Southwest. If you read just one, make it the Pacific one, that has some good Kobe jokes in it.

2006-10-04 14:02:37
1.   Bill Fitzgerald
Wizards fans are well-acquainted with Gilbert's wackiness, from flipping a coin to decide his future as a free agent to intentionally wearing the wrong shoe size.

The loss of Jeffries is a nonissue, but I'll concede that defense is still an major concern. There is plenty of offense from Jamison and Butler if Arenas is off, but Jamison is the weak link on D. And somehow I don't the evolution of Andray Blatche and Peter John Ramos into NBA players is quite complete.

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